Right Wing Terrorism in Las Vegas: Killers Covered Bodies With Gadsden Flags
As details begin to emerge about the shootings in Las Vegas yesterday, it’s clear that this is yet another case of extreme right wing terrorism fueled by the dangerous rhetoric of the Bundy Ranch loons and right wing media’s constant incitement: Shooters in Metro Ambush That Left Five Dead Spoke of White Supremacy and a Desire to Kill Police.
Witnesses told police one of the shooters yelled “This is the start of a revolution” before shooting the officers. Gillespie later said he could not confirm that.
The shooters then stripped the officers of their weapons and ammunition and badges, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation. They then covered the officers with something that featured the Gadsden flag, a yellow banner with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t tread on Me.”
The flag is named for Christopher Gadsden a Revolutionary War general who designed it. It has recently come back in vogue as an adopted symbol of the American tea party movement.
The man told Monroe he had been kicked off Cliven Bundy’s ranch 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas while people from throughout the U.S. gathered there in protest of a Bureau of Land Management roundup of Bundy’s cattle.